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Christian Muellerleile
Co-Pastor

Pastor Christian grew up in Owatonna MN and graduated from Owatonna Senior High School in 1995. Later he attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion. At Gustavus Christian sang with the Chapel Choir, St. Ansgar’s Chorus, The Gustavus Choir, as well as other student directed groups. Following college in 1999 Christian joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and served as a volunteer for Alliance of the Streets–a membership organization for homeless people in South Minneapolis.

It was during his year of service in the LVC that Christian heard and successfully ignored the call to ministry. Christian then went to work for Mississippi Market, a cooperatively owned and operated grocery store in St. Paul, Minnesota, and then went to work on a small scale vegetable farm near Oceola, Wisconsin. It was during this time that Christian married his college sweetheart, Kateri Kormann. After his second season on the farm Christian entered into the candidacy process for Ordained Ministry in the ELCA and began his studies at Luther Seminary in 2002.
While in Seminary Christian had many formative experience is including a Clinical Pastoral Education unit at the University Good Samaritan Center in Minneapolis and a year of internship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Berwick, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Luther Seminary in 2006, accepted a call to Christ Lutheran Parish in Irownwood, Michigan. While in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Kateri gave birth to Augustin Kormann Muellerleile. In 2009 Christian accepted a call to Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, Minnesota. In 2010 Antonia Jane Kormann Muellerleile was born into their family.

Troy Pflibsen
Co-Pastor

Pastor Troy began life in a small town on the plains of north central Iowa.  When fourteen he moved with his family to the big city and mountains of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  During these years he returned each summer to Iowa to work at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp, near Story City, Iowa.  Yes, he left Colorado in the summer to return to Iowa . . .  It worked out well though, because at Riverside he met his wife Carolyn, and he first heard the call to ministry.  He successfully ignored the call for several years and began his collegiate work in the engineering school at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  God eventually won out and he graduated with degrees in psychology and recreation.  Pastor Troy and Carolyn were married in 1987 and then moved to the lakes and woods of northern Minnesota where Pastor Troy served as a youth director and camp program.  Then it was off to the mighty Mississippi and Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.  That was not enough study so more graduate work on the shores of Lake Michigan at Marquette University.  Pastor Troy eventually received his Ph. D. in historical theology in 2006.  During this time Elizabeth and John were born and Pastor Troy and Carolyn together served three parishes in Iowa.  Pastor Troy is excited to be back among the lakes and trees of Minnesota and thankful for the partnership in ministry with the folks of Zion!

Harriette Connor

Interim Faith Formation Facilitator

Harriette joined Zion’s staff in August of 2019.  She brings a wealth of life experience and passion for Faith Formation!

Denise Fransen
Director, Kids of the Kingdom

Nancy Monson
Office Administrator

Nancy grew up on a dairy farm in Freeborn county and graduated from Albert Lea High School and Mankato State University with an Associate of Arts degree in their Executive Secretarial program. She has worked in administrative offices at Mayo Clinic, Johnson Bros. in Litchfield, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater, and has enjoyed serving as Zion’s office administrator since 2000.

Nancy married Les in 1974 and they moved to Litchfield and joined Zion in 1980.  They have two sons, Matt (and Megan) and Jordan (and Aubrey) and five grandchildren.

Phil Baalson
Property Manager

We are happy to announce that Phil will be joining Zion’s staff in May!